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To be clear, or not to be...

We regularly bang on about lengthy terms and conditions, in the hope that they’ll eventually disappear. But instead, they seem to be getting longer and more and more absurd.
 
Amazon is the latest culprit. Their Kindle terms and conditions are 73,198 words long. Were you to want to read them, it would take you about 9 hours – but why would you, or anyone, bother?
 

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Legal rulings judged 'overlong'

For many years we’ve struggled to influence the language of the courts. Legal language is still very much how it’s always been – largely archaic, Latin-heavy and pretty much impenetrable to non-experts.
 
There’s never been a justifiable excuse for this – just as there’s absolutely no reason why barristers and solicitors don’t use plain English rather than language very few can understand. But perhaps changes are finally afoot.
 

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Why ‘teenage-ready T&Cs' could benefit us all

Supporters often contact us to complain about horrific terms and conditions. A recent report from the Children’s Commissioner for England provides a perfect example of why companies often hide behind gibberish.

The Commissioner, appointed by the Government to ‘represent the interests of young people’, presented their findings as part of their ‘growing up digital’ campaign. The Commissioner lays out their aims with the following statement.

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Plain English Campaign Awards 2016

It’s Plain English Campaign awards day.

This year we’re delighted to applaud the likes of Mr Justice Peter Jackson, James Westhead, SSE, Bank of Ireland, the NSPCC and NHS Health Scotland.

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Government Latin ban

The Government has taken the surprising step of banning Latin abbreviations from its websites.

So e.g., i.e. and etc will all soon be booted off GOV.UK pages, apparently because foreign readers find them ‘difficult to read’. A spokesman said the phrases could even confuse English speakers who were ‘under stress or in a hurry’.

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